weekend wanderlust | one.


Hooray! It’s finally the weekend. We’ve managed to survive the first 3 weeks of school despite colds infiltrating the household this week. There have been many pots of soup made, many naps taken, and several days of school missed.

We won’t be doing much over this weekend as everyone recovers, but we (and by “we” I mean Chris & I) are having fun planning for many adventures in the upcoming weeks.

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Falling in love with Italy. {5 tips}


Autumn in Italy

I’ve been falling in love with Italy for as long as I can remember. For years before I even stepped foot in this country, the thought of Italy enchanted me, as it does so many who dream about the places, people and food they see in travel magazines or movies.

So when our family was given the opportunity to move to Milan for work- we jumped at it! We have been living in Italy for a little over a year now, and although the year has had it’s share of ups and downs- I can honestly say I am still in love with Italy.

Here are some tips for visiting or moving to Italy and still being madly in love when you leave. If you can leave… (I am already anticipating the mourning that will happen when I move home to America)

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Family Dinner. {back to school}

Meatballs and browned butter mashed potatoes

Right before school started, I asked the kids if there was a favorite meal they wanted me to make for the first day of school dinner.

Almost simultaneously they both said “those meatballs with the mashed potatoes!” AKA… Tomato glazed Meatloaves with Browned Butter Mashed Potatoes from Smitten Kitchen.

The kids love the Italian variation of this called “Polpette al sugo con il mio purè”. (Meatballs and tomato sauce with pureed potatoes)

You can find this on most menus in Northern Italy. Their school cafeteria- which is amazing btw, serves it too and their polpette con puré is a favorite. We make it often, but this time we are sticking with the all American meatloaf inspired version.

I’ve never been a fan of meatloaf, but making meatloaf into meatballs? Delicious!  Really, the most amazing comfort food when paired with mashed potatoes laced with perfect and nutty brown butter.


Usually I don’t make this until there’s more of a chill in the air, the gray days descend upon us and we need to be wrapped in sweaters and cozy blankets.

But who am I to turn down their request? Especially since I am still excited about being back in the kitchen. I even made a double batch this time since I’m being unusually all smart and organized- I put the extra batch of meatballs in the freezer for another day..

Without further ado, the beloved recipe.

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Montefalco, Umbria

Trying something new… have you ever tried Bloglovin’?

Bloglovin’ is a feed reader. A central spot where you can gather all your favorite blogs. Then when you want to read, you can pop over there to see the latest posts from your favorite blogs in a feed.

You can organize by type of blog, and even discover new bloggers based on a subject you are interested in.

Go check it out and let me know what you think! I just added this blog to bloglovin’ and I’m excited to try it out too for all the bloggers I follow.

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<3 H


Beginnings. {september}

The Winding Stair Bookshop, Dublin

Last week, September rolled around and school started. Summer is now over and our trip home feels like a distant memory already!

It was a grand summer. So fantastic to be home for a month and enjoy all of our time with friends and creature comforts- our house, favorite places and foods. Then we flew to Ireland for our last hurrah (bribery) trip. 

By the time we got back to Milan I was so ready for routine, to be back in the kitchen, and although I adore them and loved*loved*loved our time together this summer I was ready for the kids to be back in school.  (Oh, and some alone time. I crave being alone at home, is that weird?)

Guess what? I really missed Italy while we were gone. I’m so filled with mushy gushy sappy feelings about how lucky we are to live here.

And I have to say this.

I’m still thrilled to be here. I can’t wait to see what this year holds. and I’m so ready for a schedule again. Continue reading